A boxed, gilt silver six piece sewing kit in an engraved, ornate style with natural and a few (likely replacement) round cabochon cut turquoise. Most likely, late 18th century, of Northern European or Russian origin.
This lot comes with fragments of a note found in the box, which approximately says: ‘Queen Anne's Needle —- This Needle case Which Belonged to Queen Ann ————- Daughter, Maud —- Who Was a Child —- It to Me. Maud Cortes?' on the other side, the fragments approximately say: '—- Daughter Ana, Belong (Sic) to Grandmother on Marriage to Ambrose ——— Grandfather —- of the Famous ——- 1786 of the —— Duchess —— Collection of Antiquities, (Portland Vase) —-, Crystals, China, —— Snuff Boxes, Seals, Pri—— Jewels Etc.' 'It —- given by Sir James to —-.'